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ASSUMPTION OF RISK
This is a release of legal rights. Read carefully and understand before signing.
This form is to be signed in conjunction with the Agreement and Release of Liability form.
 
PROGRAM: CONCORDIA COLLEGE OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAMS

RISKS OF STUDY ABROAD: I understand that participation in a Concordia College (the “college”) off-campus program specified above (the “program”) involves risks not found in study at the college. The risks include but are not limited to risks involved in traveling to, within, and returning from one or more foreign countries; foreign political, legal, social, and economic conditions; different standards of design, safety, and maintenance of buildings, public places, and conveyance; local medical delivery; weather conditions.

INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS: I understand that the college does not represent or act as an agent for, and cannot control the acts or omissions of: any host country, host institution, host family, transportation carrier, hotel, tour organizer, or other provider of goods or services involved in the program. I understand that the college is not responsible for matters that are beyond its control. I hereby release the college from any injury, loss, damage, accident, delay or expense arising out of any such matters.

INDEPENDENT ACTIVITY: I understand that during free time (both within and following the period of the program) I may elect to travel independently at my own expense. At such times, I recognize that I am acting as an independent agent and accept sole responsibility for my own well-being. I agree to inform an official representative of the program of my travel plans. I understand that the college is not responsible for any injury or loss I may suffer when I am traveling independently or when I am otherwise separated or absent from any college-sponsored activities.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: I have consulted with a medical doctor with regard to my personal medical needs. I have no health-related reasons or problems which preclude or restrict my participation in the program. I recognize that the college is not obligated to attend to any of my medical or medication needs, and I assume all risk and responsibility therefore. I have arranged, through insurance or otherwise, to meet any and all needs for payment of medical costs while I participate in the program. The college may (but is not obligated to) take any actions it considers to be warranted under the circumstances regarding my health and safety. I agree to pay all expenses related thereto and release the college from any liability for such actions.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT: I understand that as a visitor in a foreign country I will be subject to the laws, rules, and standards of acceptable conduct of that country, including drug and alcohol use, dress, manners, morals, and other behavior. I agree to become informed of, and will conduct myself in a manner which will comply with those laws, rules, and standards.

MOTOR VEHICLES: The college strongly discourages students from operating motor vehicles while participating in study abroad programs. Traffic congestion, different traffic rules and regulations, insurance requirements and financial responsibility laws can make driving a motor vehicle in foreign countries extremely hazardous. I understand that if I do operate a motor vehicle that the college assumes no financial responsibility for legal aid or medical assistance should I be involved in an accident while operating a motor vehicle.

RISKY BEHAVIOR: The college strongly discourages students from engaging in risky behavior while participating in off-campus programs. Risky behavior is defined as, but is not limited to, any behavior which is not specifically authorized by the program for its educational purposes. Examples of such behavior include, but are not limited to, use of prohibited substances, whether such are illegal either at home or on the program, sky diving, entering areas which present a danger to either students or nationals, etc. I understand that if I do engage in such behavior that the college assumes no financial responsibility for legal aid or medical assistance, or liability for my injury or death arising out of such behavior.

POLITICAL UNREST: I agree to remain cognizant of current political conditions in my country of residence, through the news media, local contacts, etc. I recognize that the college will take all practical measures for the protection of program participants. I understand that the college assumes no responsibility for damage or loss, injury or death arising out of political unrest.

CANCELLATION: I understand that if I leave the program for any reason, voluntarily or involuntarily, only costs of unused services from vendors abroad that are recovered will be refunded to me. Tuition and program fees refunds are made according to the Withdrawals and Refunds policy found in the Concordia College Catalog. I understand that any unrecoverable charges made on my behalf (such as theatre tickets, rail tickets, airline tickets, hotel rentals or property leases, etc.) will be deducted from my payments before any refund is made.

VALUABLES: I understand that I am solely responsible for keeping safe my passport, money, traveler’s checks, transportation tickets, jewelry and other property. I waive all claims against the college and its staff for any losses due to my failure to obtain these items and properly safeguard them.

PROGRAM: I understand that the college reserves the right to charge a reasonable program fee increase due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or other changes in the conditions under which the program was planned. I also understand that changes of program or itinerary may have to be made, and that no refunds will be made for such changes.

I have had the opportunity to review this document, and have had any questions about it answered to my satisfaction.